• AC/DC drummer clowns around at New Zealand court

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    TAURANGA, New Zealand (AP) — AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd showed up late for a New Zealand court appearance and clowned around by jumping on the back of one of his security guards outside the courthouse. Rudd didn't enter a plea during his brief appearance Wednesday. The 60-year-old is charged with threatening to kill, which comes with a maximum prison sentence of seven years, as well as possessing methamphetamine and marijuana. Citing a lack of evidence, prosecutors earlier dropped a more serious charge that alleged Rudd tried to hire a hit-man to kill two people. The New Zealand Herald newspaper reported that during his appearance, Rudd winked at reporters, drummed a rhythm on the dock and then sped away from the c

  • Top 20 Concert Tours from Pollstar

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    The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers. 1. (1) One Direction; $5,264,672; $84.08. 2. (2) Paul McCartney; $2,882,026; $139.02. 3. (3) Katy Perry; $1,644,185; $100.75. 4. (5) Britney Spears; $1,423,694; $148.82. 5. (4) Luke Bryan; $1,337,836; $49.62. 6. (7) Marc Anthony; $1,170,987; $104.43. 7. (New) Enrique Iglesias/Pitbull; $1,157,089; $83.60. 8. (8) Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers; $992,317; $91.17. 9. (9) Zac Brown Band; $936,847;

  • Cirque show scene returns after performer's death

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A key battle scene near the end of Cirque du Soleil's "Ka" show is returning more than a year and a half after a performer fell 94 feet to her death when a wire rope snapped during the stunt. Cirque du Soleil officials have invited reporters to a Dec. 3 preview of the scene's return at the MGM Grand hotel-casino on the Strip. Cirque expects to add the scene intermittently to regular performances for the ticket-buying public starting next week, and it will be part of every performance by Dec. 12, said Alexandria Baum, a spokeswoman for the show. Changes have been made to the choreography and equipment used in the scene, she said.

  • Nobel Prize for DNA discovery going to auction

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    NEW YORK (AP) — The 1962 Nobel Prize James Watson won for his role in the discovery of the structure of DNA is going on the auction block. The auctioneer says the gold medal could bring $2.5 million to $3.5 million on Dec. 4. Christie's says it is the first Nobel medal to be offered at auction by a living recipient. Watson made the 1953 discovery with Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins. He says part of the proceeds will go to the University of Chicago, Clare College Cambridge, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Long Island Land Trust and other charities. The auction also includes several Watson papers. Handwritten notes for his acceptance speech are estimated at $300,000 to $400,000. Crick's Nobel medal s

  • Nielsen's top programs for Nov. 17-23

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    Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Nov. 17-23. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership. 1. NFL Football: various teams, CBS, 26.36 million. 2. NFL Football: Dallas at N.Y. Giants, NBC, 22.38 million. 3. "NCIS," CBS, 18.1 million. 4. "60 Minutes," CBS, 17.19 million. 5. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 16.86 million. 6. "Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick," NBC, 14.67 million. 7. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 14.61 million. 8. "Dancing With the Stars," ABC, 14.3 million. 9. "The Walking Dead," AMC, 13.33 million. 10. NFL Football: Pittsburgh vs. Tennessee, ESPN, 12.77 million. 11. "Madam Secretary," CBS, 12.41 million. 12. "Blue Bloods," CBS, 11.62 million

  • Rough week for Fox in Nielsen ratings

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    NEW YORK (AP) — If Fox launches a comeback over the next couple of years, the network may very well look upon the week before Thanksgiving 2014 as its low point. The Nielsen company said the struggling network finished fifth in prime-time viewership behind Spanish-language network Univision last week. Univision was helped by coverage of the Latin Grammy Awards last week. The highest-ranked Fox show in Nielsen's weekly ratings was the "Batman" prequel "Gotham," the network's biggest success of the fall. Still, Nielsen said 45 other programs had a bigger audience than the 6.5 million people who watched "Gotham." On ABC, "The American Music Awards" saw its ratings go down slightly from last year, but it was easily respon

  • Cosby philanthropy shadowed by sexual allegations

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bill Cosby's record of big donations to colleges and other institutions has been a key part of his rosy public image. But even his generosity can't stand apart from the rising tide of allegations made by women accusing him of sexual assault. A North Carolina school, High Point University, removed the 77-year-old entertainer from its National Board of Advisors, a panel that includes retired Gen. Colin Powell. The university referred to Cosby as "one of the most influential performers of our time" when it announced his appointment last July. The Berklee College of Music said in a statement Monday that it is "no longer awarding an online scholarship in Mr. Cosby's name. The college has no further comment at

  • 'Birdman' leads Spirit Awards nominations

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Birdman," a dark comedy about show business, took flight Tuesday with a leading six nominations for the 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards. Star Michael Keaton and director Alejandro González Iñárritu picked up nominations for the film from Fox Searchlight. Nods also went to its supporting actors Emma Stone and Edward Norton and to cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki. Collecting five nominations each were the coming-of-age drama "Boyhood," the Martin Luther King Jr. biopic "Selma," and the noir thriller "Nightcrawler." Other films recognized in the best feature category included "Whiplash" and "Love is Strange," both of which received four nominations.

  • Shia LaBeouf making progress on treatment

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Actor Shia LaBeouf (SHY'-uh luh-BUF') is complying with treatment ordered as part of a plea deal stemming from a bizarre episode during the Broadway show "Cabaret." The 28-year-old "Transformers" star appeared in a Manhattan court Tuesday to show proof that he's been at the Hills Treatment Center in Los Angeles. Attorney G. Robert Gage says his client has done a "terrific job" complying. LaBeouf is due back in court March 20. While attending the June 24 performance, LaBeouf smoked cigarettes, yelled at the actors, swore at security guards and hollered as he was escorted out. If he stays in treatment for at least three months and out of trouble for six months, he'll be allowed to withdraw th

  • ABC's Stephanopoulos interviews Darren Wilson

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    NEW YORK (AP) — ABC News' George Stephanopoulos landed the much-sought first television interview with Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, speaking to him for an hour Tuesday in Missouri. The network interrupted its afternoon programming Tuesday for Stephanopoulos to talk about the interview, even before excerpts were available. ABC News plans to feature portions of the discussion on "World News Tonight," ''Nightline" and "Good Morning America" and promised to post the full interview on its website. Stephanopoulos said no questions were off-limits for the interview, which took place less than 24 hours after a grand jury decided not to indict the 28-year-old officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown this summer.

  • France's Pompidou opens Jeff Koons retrospective

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    PARIS (AP) — Paris' Pompidou Center inaugurated a major retrospective Tuesday of U.S. artist Jeff Koons, the polemical 59-year-old master of kitsch, whose huge, stainless-steel balloon dog broke records last year, selling at auction for $58.4 million. The exhibit features the porcelain statue of Michael Jackson with his pet monkey, Bubbles, as well as the simplistic inflatable mirrored rabbit that first made Koons' name in the '70s and a lewd image with his ex-wife, porn star La Cicciolina. The show spans 35 years and shows why Koons, America's highest-selling living artist, is also one of its most controversial. Parts of the exhibit are forbidden to minors.

  • Latin American art auctions set artist records

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    NEW YORK (AP) — A bronze sculpture by Fernando Botero has set a new auction record for the Colombian artist. "Adam and Eve" sold for $2.5 million at Christie's on Monday. Another edition of the work decorates the lobby of the Time Warner Center in New York City. The previous record for Botero was $2 million for his painting "Four Musicians," which sold in 2006. At Sotheby's, the sale of Latin American art set 12 artist records Monday evening. The works came from the collection of Mexican businessman and arts patron Lorenzo Zambrano. The highlight of the sale was "Towards the Tower" by the Spanish-Mexican artist Remedios Varo (ray-MAY'-day-ohs VAH'-roh). It sold for $4.3 million.

  • Unboxing videos online chronicle the big reveal

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Rrrrip goes the packing tape and squeak goes the protective foam. Are there sweeter, more seductive sounds than the opening of a new toy or gadget? Not to unboxers and the millions of people who watch their videos on YouTube. For the uninitiated, unboxing is the recording and sharing of the big reveal, whether it's Dad behind the camera on Christmas Day or a geek reviewer fawning for his tech-specific fans. The phenom covers everything from Happy Meals to gaming consoles, usually in minute detail accompanied by either great goofiness or hardcore earnestness — or both. Unboxing videos leave toddlers wide-eyed by the surprises inside chocolate eggs cracked open by disembodied hands.

  • 'Cosby' author sorry for omitting assault charges

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The author of a new Bill Cosby biography is apologizing for not pursuing allegations that the comedian had drugged and sexually assaulted numerous women. Mark Whitaker, whose "Cosby: His Life and Times" was published in September, tweeted Monday that he was wrong not to "aggressively" look into the charges and promised to address them "at the appropriate time." "If true the stories are shocking and horrible," wrote Whitaker, whose account was confirmed by his publisher, Simon & Schuster. Reports about Cosby have been public knowledge for years, but resurfaced last month after a video of comedian Hannibal Buress calling Cosby a rapist went viral.

  • Muhammad Ali daughters promote 'I Am Ali' in UK

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    LONDON (AP) — Muhammad Ali's daughters are in London to promote the U.K. release of the documentary "I Am Ali." They say the former boxing champion is still waiting to see it for the first time. Step-sisters Maryum and Hana Ali plan to visit their 72-year-old father in Arizona on their return from London and sit down to watch it with him — in silence. "If you even speak when you watch anything to do with him, he'll say 'Shh,'" Hana said Tuesday with a smile. "I Am Ali" mixes interviews with Ali's family and inner circle, with archive footage and personal audio recordings. Maryum and Hana both feature, looking back at their childhood years with Ali. "For me it was bittersweet," Maryam said. "He was famous in bo

  • New Tina Fey-created sitcom headed to Netflix

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Netflix has picked up two seasons of a new sitcom from Tina Fey. Titled "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," it focuses on a woman who escapes from a doomsday cult and starts life over in New York. It was co-created by Fey and Robert Carlock, who collaborated on "30 Rock." It stars Ellie Kemper of "The Office." Fey isn't scheduled to appear in the series. Netflix says the 13-episode first season will premiere in March. The series had originally been bound for NBC, but that network passed. Universal Television, NBC's corporate sibling, will remain the show's producer.

  • Cumberbatch decodes Turing in 'Imitation Game'

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    TORONTO (AP) — With characters like Sherlock Holmes, Julian Assange and Stephen Hawking, Benedict Cumberbatch has accumulated a filmography littered with high IQs. Characters of analytical prowess and fast-deducting intellect have made Cumberbatch something like the ultimate quicksilver mind of the digital age. No actor has made computation sexier. Cumberbatch, relaxing in a Toronto hotel room, quickly points out that he has — like his spineless plantation owner of "12 Years a Slave" or his painfully shy son in "August: Osage County" — played some "pretty dull, ordinary" people: "Let's say us. I've done us, version of me and you," he says.

  • A new documentary explores the life of Kurt Cobain

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Kurt Cobain is the focus of a new documentary that probes the life and untimely death of the Nirvana singer-guitarist. It will be released in theaters next year and air exclusively on HBO, the network said Tuesday. Co-produced by HBO Documentary Films, "Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck" is the first documentary made with the cooperation of Cobain's family. It draws on home movies, journals and other personal archives. It features Nirvana songs and performances and previously unheard Cobain originals. The film's director-producer, Brett Morgen, has previously made the documentaries "Crossfire Hurricane," about the Rolling Stones, and "The Kid Stays in the Picture.

  • Britain wins 3 International Emmys

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — British TV productions took three trophies Monday night at the 42nd International Emmy Awards, including best actor for Stephen Dillane and best drama for the thriller "Utopia." The highlight of Monday night's awards gala at the Hilton New York came when "Mad Men" stars Christina Hendricks and John Slattery presented the honorary International Emmy Founders Award to the show's creator and executive producer Matthew Weiner, who's preparing the final episodes of the advertising agency saga to air in spring 2015. Slattery praised his friend and boss for creating "one of the most internationally acclaimed and impactful shows in the history of the medium.

  • Weight loss and exercise, according to Rick Ross

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — Rick Ross had two seizures in a single day, sending him to the hospital three years ago. Health didn't concern the 300-pound rapper then, but he's shed nearly 100 pounds in the last seven months by eating healthier foods and embracing a high-intensity workout plan. Ross, 37, says he continues to work long hours creating music, including his seventh album, "Hood Billionaire," released Monday. It's the second album Ross has put out this year after the March release of "Mastermind," which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. But in the middle of making music and running his Maybach Music Group record label, Ross has made his health a main priority. And now, he believes if he can drop p